This week our sightings both occurred at Starbucks in Sandhills Shopping Village. Starbucks is a wonderful place to have a peppermint mocha latte’ and to watch people. Most of the people are dressed casually, and jeans seem to be the most often selected fashion. Occasionally business men come in wearing ties and jackets and women in dresses or suits with heels. And, now and then, the true fashion disaster shows up. This week, two of these were sighted.
On Wednesday afternoon, a young woman was sighted wearing bright red, blue and pink peace sign sleep pants. While the peace sign because popular in the sixties, it seems to have remained a part of our culture all these years. These sleep pants jumped out, since they were so very bright. They overpowered every pair of jeans and every sweater or jacket in Starbucks. Watching as the young lady took a seat and hiding behind my peppermint mocha latte’, I noticed that she was also wearing a striking headband with large gilt flowers on one side. An embellished headband is a wonderful fashion accessory, but, paired with the peace symbol sleep pants, it made a startling combination. Still sipping and peeking, I noticed her zip-up sweatshirt, which was very tight, and the bare skin at her waist where the sleep pants and sweatshirt did not meet.
Correction? It’s simple. Leave the sleep pants at home for napping and loungewear. They are warm and comfortable. Enjoy them. But please don’t wear them when you go shopping or stop for a cup of coffee. Embellished headbands are also a wonderful fashion accessory, but they do not go with extremely casual clothing. Save them for your special occasion dresses ad glittery tops and trendy sweaters. Finally, buy clothing that fits. If something is too small, choose the next size larger. A wee bit too big is always far better than a wee bit too small. And, lastly, never allow bare skin to show at the waist unless, in warm weather, you are purposely wearing a crop or halter top. It’s embarrassing to you and to others who see you.
A second fashion disaster was sighted in Starbucks on Friday afternoon. Once again, peering from behind a tall peppermint mocha latte’, I saw an older woman in bright turquoise blue capri pants sit at a nearby table. As she walked from the service counter, I was appalled to see her stomach hanging below her bikini line and, if the truth be told, perhaps half way to her knees. This was a woman of about sixty and a combination of her obvious age, her size, and the date of December 31 did not make a pretty fashion picture. Very simply, wait until spring to bring out the bright cotton capris. Second, if your tummy hangs below your bikini line (or further), choose long loose tops that will help to conceal it rather than draw attention to it. And, finally, choose fashions that age appropriate. Gray hair goes far better with dress jeans or twill pants than it does with unattractive knees and oversized calves showing.
You never know when you’ll be sighted! As always, happy thrifty fashion shopping and a very Happy New Year to all!
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